Here is a complete transcript of Ted Cruzâ€™s address at Liberty
University in which he officially announced his 2016 presidential
CRUZ: Good to see you.
Thank you. (APPLAUSE)
Thank you so much, President Falwell. God bless Liberty
I am thrilled to join you today at the largest Christian university in
Today I want to talk with you about the promise of America.
Imagine your parents when they were children. Imagine a little girl
growing up in Wilmington, Delaware during World War II, the
daughter of Irish and Italian Catholic family, working class. Her
uncle ran numbers in Wilmington. She grew up with dozens of
cousins because her mom was the second youngest of 17 kids. She
had a difficult father, a man who drank far too much, and frankly
didnâ€™t think that women should be educated.
And yet this young girl, pretty and shy, was driven, was bright, was
inquisitive, and she became the first person in her family ever to go
to college. In 1956, my mom, Eleanor, graduated from Rice
University with a degree in math and became a pioneering
computer programmer in the 1950s and 1960s.
Imagine a teenage boy, not much younger than many of you here
today, growing up in Cuba. Jet black hair, skinny as a rail.
Involved in student council, and yet Cuba was not at a peaceful
time. The dictator, Batista, was corrupt, he was oppressive. And
this teenage boy joins a revolution. He joins a revolution against
Batista, he begins fighting with other teenagers to free Cuba from
the dictator. This boy at age 17 finds himself thrown in prison, finds
himself tortured, beaten. And then at age 18, he flees Cuba, he
comes to America.
Imagine for a second the hope that was in his heart as he rode that
ferry boat across to Key West, and got on a Greyhound bus to head
to Austin, Texas to begin working, washing dishes, making 50 cents
an hour, coming to the one land on earth that has welcomed so
When my dad came to America in 195